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Court Ruling Means Same Sex Marriages No Longer Prevented from Asserting Equitable Parent Rights

May 12, 2016

Varnum family law attorneys Mark Hills and Jeff Koelzer are the authors of an article exploring the consequences of recent court decisions which impact the parental rights of same sex couples. The article, "Same-sex Marriage and the Expanded Equitable Parent Doctrine," was published in the April 2016 issue of the Michigan Family Law Journal.

The article explores the impact of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, recognizing the constitutional right of same-sex couples to marry, and the Michigan Court of Appeals decision in Stankevich v. Milliron, which concluded that the equitable parent doctrine may apply to any married couple, regardless of their sexual orientation.

Hills and Koelzer note that the Stankevich decision "opens the floodgates for waves of same-sex couples seeking to assert equitable parental rights over children born during a marriage performed in another jurisdiction."

The full article is published in Michigan Family Law Journal Volume 46 Number 4.

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